Must-haves for camping with your dog

Never leave your furry friends behind.

woman walking with dog in the woods
Outdoor gear for your favorite pal.Annie Theby via Unsplash

Something that will always make you smile? Watching the dog that always has your back enjoying time in the woods. But while you remembered your tent, sleeping bag, stove, and other gear, did you think of what he or she needed? Don’t worry, we have you (or your dog, rather) covered. From an outdoor bed to a first aid kit, don’t leave home without these must-haves.

Adventure Medical Kits Adventure Dog Series Me & My Dog First Aid Kit
Plan for the worst.Amazon

No one wants to think about our furry friends breaking legs, tearing ligaments, or gouging skin, but it happens. Any veterinarian can offer horror stories of backcountry adventures gone wrong. Fortunately, you can be prepared. This kit contains everything you need to remove splinters and ticks, reduce swelling from sprains and strains, wrap injuries with bandages that don’t stick to fur, and medicate to relieve pain and allergies. The kit weighs less than 1.5 pounds.

RUFFWEAR Highlands Bed
Sleep well.Amazon

Your dog may be tough in the field, but when night falls, and they’re curled in a ball on the cold ground, offer he or she someplace warm to sleep. This bed is packable, durable and perfect for the backcountry. It weighs less than 13 ounces and is water-resistant and quick-drying. Side bonus: When you bring Fido a bed, he won’t want to sleep on your sleeping bag.

RUFFWEAR - Approach Pack
Let them carry their food.Amazon

Don’t catch yourself skimping on food for your dog on a backpacking trip because you don’t want to carry more weight. Fill this pack with your pup’s food, bowls, and other essentials and let them do the work for you. It has reflective trim to help you see them in low light, and pads for added comfort. It comes in a variety of sizes and colors, including blaze orange for hunting season. It also has a harness to allow you to carry Fido over logs or boulders.

Dexas Popware for Pets Collapsible Travel Cup
Never risk dehydration.Amazon

This dog bowl weighs next to nothing and collapses to fit anywhere. Some dogs may drink straight from water bottles, but most won’t, and it’s not necessarily the most sanitary for you. Don’t be stuck on a trail pouring your precious water into your hands for your furry friend to drink.